Recently I visited Colleen Flanigan an artist working to save the Mesoamerican reef and some marine biologists at the UNAM University in Puerto Morelos Mexico. While there I saw a skeleton of what was called a “sea cockroach” or “sea roach” which appeared similar to a slipper lobster and was about 8 inches in length. I was there training scientists on how to capture objects like corals as 3D models for study using only a camera. I photographed the sea roach exterior shell with my regular DSLR Canon camera and used Autodesk Memento to auto-magically generate the 3D textured models of the sea roach. The shell was a perfect example of something that would be time consuming to model in 3D from scratch but where photogrammetry would shine and shine it did.
Screenshots in Autodesk Memento
The textured model with the mesh displayed.
The surface model view
The cool x-ray visual style of the model.
Close up images.
Nature is an amazing designer..
So give the currently free Autodesk Memento a try to capture models in 3D for fun, inspiration, digital prop, 3D printing, making things, or for memories.